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JAVA: The Prem Rawat Foundation Helps Earthquake Victims

Bali, Indonesia, August 3 — The Prem Rawat Foundation gave a grant to feed 900 people for three weeks as they begin recovery from the repeated earthquakes and tsunami which have stricken the island nation of Java since the end of May 2006. The grant was made to the Indonesian Development of Education and Permaculture (IDEP) Foundation.

The coordinator of the Disaster Management Department, Dr. Michael Ricos, wrote: “Thank you to the Prem Rawat Foundation for their support of IDEP’s work in West Java, Indonesia. The people benefiting from this grant live in sparsely populated villages west of Pangandaran that are difficult to access and are not being targeted by other relief organizations.” The southern coast of Java, from West Java to Yogyakarta, was hit by a series of earthquakes triggering tsunamis on July 17.

At least 640 were killed and over 50,000 people were forced to evacuate. The series of earthquakes, the strongest measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, triggered a tsunami that reached as high as four meters along parts of the southern coast. On May 27, an earthquake that rocked the area around the royal city of Yogyakarta killed at least 5,000 and destroyed or damaged 150,000 homes.

The Prem Rawat Foundation furthers the message of peace of Prem Rawat, widely known by the honorary title of Maharaji, and supports significant humanitarian initiatives that improve the quality of life for people most in need around the world. The Foundation’s efforts have brought relief and food aid to victims of every major disaster around the world. The Foundation also opened “Food for People,” a 10,000-square-foot permanent facility in a tribal area of northeastern India, where 45,000 free hot meals are served each month to villagers. This project is one of many spearheaded by Prem Rawat and his Foundation in an effort to bring basic necessities such as food, water, and adequate medical care to those in need everywhere. To discover more about Prem Rawat, his message of peace and humanitarian activities: http://tprf.org/pressroom

To discover more:  TPRF.ORG   Source: The Prem Rawat Foundation (310) 392-5700